Turns out that listening to music may stimulate more health benefits than you may have realized! In addition to being a great motivator during exercise, studies show that music may have a positive impact on your health and well-being in a variety of ways, including better sleep, reduced anxiety and depression, and improved immune functioning. These benefits, along with pain reduction and assistance with memory loss, are important to note for people of all ages, but especially for seniors who may benefit from enhanced health and lifestyle with less need for medication.
Reduce Stress, Lower Blood Pressure and Aid Relaxation
Daniel Levitin, a psychologist researching the neuroscience of music at McGill University in Montreal, has analyzed 400 studies on how music can produce physiological benefits. One study involved patients who were about to undergo surgery and randomly assigned them to either listen to music or take anti-anxiety drugs. The outcome was less anxiety and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the patients who listened to music than the group who took medication, leaving Levitin to conclude “the promise here is that music is arguably less expensive than drugs, and is easier on the body and doesn’t have side effects.”
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